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Work Experience

About Our Program

Santa Barbara City College offers three types of Work Experience — General Work ExperienceGeneral Work Experience InternationalOccupational Work Experience.

General Work Experience General Work Experience 290 assists students to acquire good work habits, attitudes and career awareness in actual job settings. Units are based on the number of hours worked throughout the semester: For paid work, 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, 3 units = 225 hours. For volunteer work, 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180.

Internships and Volunteer Experience Internships and volunteer experience can be a powerful career development tool. By participating in an internship students gain practical hands-on job experience, learn industry standards, and evaluate actual work environments. For paid internships, 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, 3 units = 225 hours. For volunteer internships, 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180. Students desiring to receive academic credit for internships and volunteer experience should sign up for WEXP 290 — General Work Experience. Refer to individual departments for department-based internship opportunities and course listings.

General Work Experience: International International Work Experience assists students to acquire desirable work habits in foreign job settings and to develop an understanding of the role of international business, the foreign country’s work habits, economy, labor laws and cultural/political factors that affect employment. By satisfactorily completing the International Work Experience course, a student may earn up to six units per semester. Units are based on the number of hours worked throughout the semester: For paid work, 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, and 3 units = 225. For volunteer work, 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180 hours.

Program Office Christopher Phillips, General Work Experience (Career Center, SS-282, ext. 2331)

Program/Student Expectations For each semester that a student is enrolled in Work Experience, it is required that the student provide evidence of new or expanded responsibilities or learning opportunities beyond those experienced during previous employment. Satisfactory completion of specific job-oriented learning objectives is required for determining the student’s progress and improvement of performance on the job.

Occupational Work Experience This type of work experience combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, enabling the student to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and/or progress in a chosen occupation. Class attendance in a regularly scheduled weekly coordinating class is required by some SBCC departments. By satisfactorily completing the Occupational Work Experience course, a student may earn one to four (1-4) college units. A maximum of sixteen (16) such units may be applied as electives toward the 60 units required for an Associate in Arts or Science Degree.

Occupational Work Experience Prerequisites An Occupational Work Experience class must be directly related to the student’s stated major and the college program in which he/she is enrolled.

Participating Faculty Contact the chairperson or faculty adviser of the respective department offering Occupational Work Experience, as listed in this Catalog.

Occupational Majors Offering Work Experience For Occupational Work Experience information, students should contact the department chairperson or faculty adviser for the major in which he/she is interested, including:

  • Addictive Disorders Counseling
  • Automotive Service and Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Applications and Office Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Drafting/CAD
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design and Photography
  • Hotel Management
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Justice Studies
  • Marine Diving Technologies
  • Medical Imaging Sciences
  • Multimedia Arts and Technologies
  • Nursing (ADN)
  • Physical Education
  • Professional Development Studies
  • Real Estate
  • Spanish

Counseling/Guidance It is most important for a student to consult with the respective occupational department chairperson, counselor, or adviser before planning a program of study. See the faculty/staff listings for the appropriate department, as listed earlier in this Catalog.

Job Referral Services The Career Center receives numerous job, Internship and volunteer postings from employers and organizations in the community. The center can provide referrals for part-time and full-time jobs and internships. The center maintains an online job referral system and sponsors an annual Job Fair, held every spring, that invites local employers and allows students to learn about career opportunities and to apply for job openings. Additional information about job referral is available at the Career Center, Student Services Building, Room 282, or by calling 965-0581, ext. 2331.